WAR REPORTS FROM DEOMCRACYNOW.ORG
AFGHANISTAN: Anyone recall Obama saying we'd be out of Afghanistan by 2014? Not really. We plan to leave 8,000-12,000 troops there. And get this: our troops will be immune to prosecution in Afghan courts and Kerry refuses to apologize for deadly raids on peoples homes. Even though the war is supposedly over and we are supposed out by 2014, the US maintains high troop levels, refuses to apologize for unnecessary murders, and what our soldiers do isn't subject to Afghan law. Isn't is a miracle the way we spread peace and democracy? The White House and Afghanistan have reached agreement on a bilateral security pact that would preserve a U.S. military occupation beyond 2014. Under the deal, the U.S. military would maintain several bases, and its troops would be immune from prosecution in Afghan courts. The United States would not conduct military operations "unless mutually agreed." Afghan officials say they have kept their demand for a White House apology over deadly raids on Afghan homes. But in Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry said an apology is off the table. Secretary of State John Kerry: "But let me be clear: President Karzai didn’t ask for an apology. There was no discussion of an apology. There will be — there is no — I mean, it’s just not even on the table. He didn’t ask for it; we’re not discussing it. And that is not the subject that we have been talking about. What we’ve been talking about are the terms of the BSA [Bilateral Security Agreement] itself." The U.S.-Afghan pact now goes before an Afghan council of elders, known as a loya jirga, meeting in Afghanistan today. If approved, the United States is expected to maintain a force of around 8,000 to 12,000 troops after the formal withdrawal next year. PAKISTAN: The US is bombing a religious school after it pledged to stop the drone attacks? Do you think that might create new generations of terrorists hell-bent on attacking the US? It does. Maybe you should familiarize yourself with the murders the Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama is responsible for and you won't be so shocked when things like the Boston Marathon bombings occur. Of course there are crazy anti-US terrorists out waiting to attack us. But do we really need to create more? The United States has carried out a new drone strike in Pakistan despite a reported pledge to halt the attacks during peace talks with the Taliban. U.S. missiles struck a religious school in northwestern Pakistan earlier today, killing up to five people. The strike comes one day after Pakistan’s foreign minister said the United States had promised to hold back on drone strikes while the Pakistani government tries to engage the Taliban in negotiations. Pakistan accused the United States of derailing peace talks earlier this month after a strike that killed Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.